Christmas Karaoke (Parody)

Let’s consider the above clip’s supplied, original song lyrics our incentive. We’ll have a good shot at getting our lives back to normal IF we pandemic-proof our holiday parties, NOW; as suggested by my parody, below:

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Have yourself a social distanced Christmas
A-void Covid’s blight
Zoom your parties
Keep Corona out of sight

Have yourself a sheltered little Christmas
Keep “droplets” at bay
At that point
Our troubles will be miles away

Here we are in pandemic days
Unlike golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Can’t be near to us; no more

Come next Christmas we’ll all be together
If vaccines allow
Till then stay in tune with public health knowhow
And have yourself a sheltered little Christmas now

Here we are in pandemic days
Unlike golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Can’t be near to us; no more

In one year
We all will be together
When vaccines allow
If we hang tough, we’ll get thru this mess, somehow
So, have yourself a levelheaded Christmas

Have yourself a social distanced Christmas
Have yourself a sheltered little Christmas now

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Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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’20 Grammy Winner? (lower vol. B4 PB)

YouTube’s makeshift.macaroni intros herself / sets up her song thusly:
“Hey y’all! My name is Liz, and I like to make music. I also like to make videos. Some of them are funny.”
Apr 16, 2020 • 906,258 views • Thumbs Up 11K / Thumbs Down 214

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Lennon / McCartney’s catchy li’l ditty, Her Majesty, tracking out at 23 seconds, is ample proof that one needn’t be lyrically verbose to communicate effectively.

Music teacher Liz’s catchy li’l ditty, untitled, tracking out at 13 seconds, validates that sparse songwriting wisdom.

We, who now look back at this pandemic ruined year, can certainly identify with her loud and clear sentiments.

We should nominate her for several 2020 Grammy Awards, namely:

Best Pop Solo Performance
Record of the Year
Best New Artist

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Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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Song(s) For Troubled Times

Words could never do full justice to any discussion of how music has enriched my life’s journey; how it’s seen me thru the troubled times / paved over the rough patches on the road I’ve been traveling.

As I’m sure most of us world-weary travelers would readily agree, by now, to categorize 2020’s cratered, altered reality as “a rough patch”, would be a monumental misnomer. Such an attempt would be akin to rebranding the Grand Canyon as the Gradual Swale.

But all geography set aside, let’s refocus on the musicology…

My encountering a masterpiece, such as Paul Simon’s Bridge Over Troubled Water (BOTW), one hafl century ago, had been akin to a life changing event. Simon, teamed up with Art Garfunkel, had released it on January 20, 1970 and, soon thereafter, FM radio station DJs began playing it so frequently, they practically melted down the vinyl onto their turntables.

This song even tracked out within my high school classroom on a cold winter’s Friday afternoon. That’s when my fresh out of college, hip instructor’s goal (to make poetry more relevant to her 10th grade students) paid off, big time! Never, before, had I ever seen a roomful of rambunctious adolescents awed into silence; and with the weekend beckoning, no less! By song’s end you could’ve heard the proverbial pin drop; even had that event occurred within a 20 km distant forest.

However, neither my words nor Wikipedia’s could ever adequately enhance the actual pièce de résistance, featured above. That’s where our supplementary clips, below, come into play. For the truly musically adventurous, check out the onsite clip showcasing BOTW’s backstory. I’ve also linked us to the very songs, which Paul Simon credits as his inspiration (Keep your ears open for Swan Silvertones member, Claude Jeter’s lyric “I’ll be your bridge over deep water if you trust in my name.”).

The Swan Silvertones ~ Oh Mary Don’t You Weep
Johann Sebastian Bach ~ O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

While I hope you’ll have the time to enjoy all four fascinating clips, at the very least, do play back and zone out on our blog topper video’s soundscape and tranquil scenery. To slightly alter the lyrical couplet…

“Like a bridge over troubled water
Paul and Arthur will ease your mind.”

Paul Simon – November 9, 1969

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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We are ALL in this together! (Vid of the Day)

 

One mere hour ago, I had the good fortune of discovering Sincerely, K.S.O.’s YouTube channel… to mind meld with her interpretation of the Hollies ballad, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.

Confirmed is what I’ve known all along… namely, a composition, such as this classic, possesses limitless power that can transcend cultural differences, abridge vast distances and even shrink down half a century to scant nanoseconds.

Even now, 50 years after I first heard this musical masterpiece, I’m still impressed, immeasurably, by the haunting mouth harp intro, the soul searching lyrical appeal to humankind to be kind to one another… how these sentiments get emphasized by the passionate, pitch perfect harmonizing lead and backing vocals… all accompanied by the slow tempo, soothing, lavish, orchestral arrangement. In other words…

We are ALL in this together!

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

In the event that you’d like to replay this track in full screen mode…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rainbow hangin’ over our heads…

Throughout the ages, the rainbow has offered humankind the meteorological and metaphorical message that the storm is over. On a personal note, I’ve experienced this natural wonder, in both senses. Hopefully, you’ve felt that awe, too.

Even now, nearly one third of a century later, I can still vividly relive my walk through the cold, drizzling rain on a late October afternoon back in 1988. You see, by default, my family and I were facing down the unenviable, heartbreaking task of “no coding” my terminally ill, wasting away in an ICU father, who’d left no advanced directives.

A half hour later, as we were exiting the hospital and heading for the parking lot… just as I was letting go in my head and heart… conceding that my father’s fate was now in Our Father’s hands… that’s when the sun suddenly broke free of the clouds. I’ve always considered that rainbow the literal and figurative sign from above, that my father’s storm was now over. He died two days later.

Back in the here and now, against the backdrop of our ongoing global crisis, there’s nary an end to a daylight rainstorm that doesn’t divert my eyes upward, ISO that arching refracted sunlight. So far, that rainbow has been elusive. But I do intend to keep on searching… and I hope you do, too.

Till that happens, Kacey Musgraves’ performance of Rainbow… the song she composed along with Shane L McAnally and Natalie Hemby… will offer up some emotional support for you and me.

Beyond that, there is a special coda to her song / my story. Kacey had been a six weeks old newborn back in 1988, the very same year that rainbow had appeared, right on cue, over that hospital parking lot. Who’d have thought her singing about a rainbow, today, would serve as a bookend to that bygone event. But enough about me.

May her promised Rainbow help us weather the storm… keep our hopes alive for the brighter times ahead.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

Catch This Catchy Ellington Tune (Vid of the Day)

Mere moments ago, I opted to play this lively, 80-year-young, Duke Ellington / Bob Russell jazz classic on my piano. Within seconds of keying the final notes, I realized that, with only a minor rewrite of Russell’s lyrics, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore could become a perfect pandemic song.

My next stop was YouTube where I discovered the Avalon Jazz Band’s corona cover, complete with Tatiana Eva-Marie and Mark Buchan’s contemporized lyrics.

Their rendition helped cheer me up. Hopefully it’ll have the same effect on you.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stayin’ Alive / Stayin’ Inside (Vid of the Day)

The jury is still out on the full range of coronavirus’ abilities. Just today, we’re learning how some epidemiologists believe people’s sneezed, coughed and exhaled “droplets” can remain airborne and infectious for far longer periods than previously believed. In other words…

Hazardous to human life conditions can exist even when nobody else is in sight.

With effective vaccine(s) and/or therapeutic(s) still months (maybe even years) away from becoming a reality, our best defense is to…

• Wear our masks whenever we’re in public.
• Only leave home when absolutely necessary.
• Keep on social isolating at all other times.

In other words…

• Follow the noteworthy, lyrical advice presented by vocalist / keyboardist Brent McCollough, guitarist Alex Kilroy and bassist Adrian Laird.

Our eternal thanks and kudos to this life saving band for their Stayin’ Alive / Stayin’ Inside parody!

 

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy…

 

 

 

 

 

The Tales of Two Parodists (Vid of the Day)

In VJ/DJ-speak, our Vid of the Day is what’s know as a twin-spin. Two already accomplished vocalists and rising superstar leading ladies… Ms. Laurie Lehner and Ms. Julia Aks… à la actor Ms. Julie Andrews… perform parodies of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious… as seen in the film, Mary Poppins [read more here]

We start out with StupidCallousFragileRacistSexistNotMyPOTUS (Trump Parody) penned by Lehner, followed by SuperBadTransmittableContagiousAwfulVirus (a Poppins Quarantine song) composed by Daniel Matarazzo.

Full disclosure… Some of you may’ve already viewed our second clip on this site, which I posted back on 05/17/20.

Granted, with a veritable universe of videos to choose from, normally, there’d be little need for encores… BUT

• What about our present-day lives is even “normal” anymore?

• Seeing how it’s especially noteworthy that two women would belt out one melody to drive home two Trump / pandemic era inspired, tell-it-like-it-is perspectives, who could ever resist Ms. Aks’ reprise?

And speaking of driving a concept home…

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

Sánchez Synopsizes / Segues Trekian Tunes

To quote their YouTube posted sentiments…

“Davor Jelacic & Rebeca ‘Becky’ Sánchez are VioDance, a duo of DJ/producer and a classically trained violinist, also multi-instrumentalist. In Spain, where we reside, we record violin covers in our home studio, and shoot music videos to share them on YouTube.” [Read Related Article]

Thanks to Sánchez and Jelacic one of their cover projects has now become our Vid of the Day.

As for my WordPress posted sentiments…

When the best days of one’s homeland can be best seen within life’s rear view mirror and, in the here and now, the views appear both harrowing and hopeless, beaming up to the Star Trek Universe can clear the short-term path to escapism; may even afford one a more enduring sense of deliverance.

Whether or not I’ve aptly described your own homeland’s situation, Ms. Sánchez’s violin driven symphonic score… which synopsizes / segues seven of Star Trek’s small screen theme songs… will restore or reaffirm one’s hope for a stellar future.

As Spock would add: Live long and prosper!

About all I can add is: Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Save Humanhood Greater Good (Vid of the Day)

Deva Dalporto has repurposed Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline melody… retitled it Self Quarantine. Together, with her co-star family, they dramatize, choreograph and sing her new, pandemic-related lyrics as a means to showcase their for-the-greater-good / save humanhood message.

On the emotional level… we can identify with isolation’s frustrations.

On the intellectual level… we recognize that, sans a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, our one and only surefire protection is to remain in quarantine.

The reckless alternative… to reenter our corona-contaminated world too soon, will require an even lengthier sequestration.

Our acceptance of/adherence to this list of science-based, truths/best practices can and will “flatten the curve”…

[1] Scrub hands often (at least 20 seconds each time), [2] Cover all coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] Observe social distancing protocols (remain at least 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] Wear protective face masks in public [6] Avoid large crowds / Socially isolate at home [7] Self-quarantine if you’re feeling ill and [8] Understand that even though you may feel fine, you can still be infected and spreading this disease to others!!!

Follow or Flout. Only the childish will choose the latter.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!